Jessica is a twenty-something fiction writer and essayist who has published in both English and Chinese. Her writing for The New York Times Chinese Website won a SOPA Award for Editorial Excellence in 2017, and her short story “Red Mask” (Shimmer 2016) was honorably mentioned in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and The Best Horror of the Year. She is an alumna of The Odyssey Writing Workshop (Class of 2012), Taos Toolbox (Class of 2013), and a member of the Codex Writers Group.
She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. Her junior year, she spent 14 months studying abroad in Beijing, China, which she regards as the “inciting incident” (as they teach you in writing workshops) of her life journey. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Integrative Biology, also at UC Berkeley, studying blood-brain barrier deterioration in aging and related pathologies.
As an avid animal lover, Jessica owns a lot of pets and harbors a special fondness for exotic husbandry. To date, she has raised 1 leopard gecko, 8 rats, 2 crayfish, and 1 cat.
Jessica has danced in some form or shape for most of her life, dabbling in styles ranging from ballet to hiphop to acrobatic pole-dancing. While studying in Beijing, she performed in two nightclubs as a pole acrobat. Currently, she attends lessons in salsa dancing and k-pop.